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Kevin Talmer Whiteneir Jr.

Arts Administration Experience

Black Lunch Table

(October 2018 - present)

  • Project Assistant

    • Organize all aspects of project administration with project directors (based in New York and Chicago).  Create, organize, and maintain institutional archive

    • Correspond with institutions and participants

    • Manage the organization and flow of team meetings and administration.

    • Facilitate conversations between team members, directors, and host institutions.  

    • Website updates and management.

    • Organize work flows among the audio processing team.

    • Work closely with project directors to facilitate event production.

    • Research participants and manage the production of invitations

    • Research host institutions and surrounding communities to produce dialogues that are contemporary and regionally relevant

    • Assist with Wikipedia event preparation and project maintenance.

Arts Administration Experience

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

(October 2015 - May 2017)

  • Multicultural Affairs Graduate Coordinator

    • ​Develop an archival system for the Multicultural Affairs Digital Archives following best archival practices

    • Supervise a team of five student workers with the goal of carrying out daily, weekly, and monthly objectives for the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

    • Directly report to Rashayla Brown, Director of Multicultural Affairs for Diversity and Inclusion, on the behalf of SAIC's twenty student-run affinity groups.

    • Schedule rooms for group meetings, critiques surrounding cultural diversity, and other programming at SAIC.

    • Organize the Multicultural Affairs Advisory Committee meeting to promote faculty, staff, and student relations.

    • Manage budget proposals for student groups funding projects.

    • Advise students on best practices for developing programming, written materials, and promotional materials.

    • Promoted to Experienced Graduate Coordinator of Multicultural Affairs (August 2016- May 2017)

Special Collection and Archival Experience

The Art Institute of Chicago’s Ryerson and Burnham Library (August 2017 – present)

  • Senior Library Assistant (May 2019 – Present)

    • Catalogs auction catalogs.

    • Prepares and receives bindery shipments.

    • Processes materials for the pamphlet files.

    • Assists labeler.

    • Provides administrative support for archives.

    • Receives and catalogs auction catalogs.

    • Communicates with auction houses to claim missing catalogs and to monitor status of subscriptions.

    • Labels books.

    • Monitors labeling workflow and keeps statistics.

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    • Circulation Assistant (Aug 2017 – May 2019)

    • Assist with research inquiries into the library’s special collections, and archives

    • Answer patron reference and research requests in person, via email, and by phone

    • Handle rare and fragile documents

Special Collection and Archival Experience

Chicago Public Library

October 2017-October 2018

  • Library Associate – Exhibits

    • Curate long-term exhibits for public exhibition spaces at the Harold Washington Library

    • Handle rare books and documents, original artworks, and reproductions during preparation and install of exhibition series

    • Collaborate with artists, curators, and librarians to design art exhibits for 79 Chicago public library sites

    • Coordinate and facilitate gallery talks, public programming, and openings for art exhibits at the Harold Washington Library

    • Prepare and design layouts for installations

    • Prepare and complete loan agreements, insurance, and condition reports for works on loan

    • Chair of the Exhibits Subcommittee for Chicago Public Library’s LGBT Pride Cohort

Special Collection and Archival Experience

Joan Flasch Artists Book Collection (January 2016 – May 2017)

  • Special Collections Assistant

    • Curate selections from the collection for projects as determined by requests from researchers, students, faculty, and staff

    • Conduct orientations for visitors regarding collection scope and history

    • Answer patron reference and research requests in person, via email, and by phone

    • Promote the collections to increase visibility and usage (on-campus, via social media outlets, etc.)

    • Catalogue and pre-catalogue new acquisitions, including digital imaging, filing metadata, and enumerating objects with collection reference numbers

Special Collection and Archival Experience

Ripon College Rodman Center for the Arts and Caestecker Gallery (September 2011-May 2015)

  • Archives and Oral History Representative

    • Design exhibitions on projects central to the history of Ripon College and the City of Ripon

    • Digitize images within the archives and create displays in Ripon College's Lane Library vitrines and Ripon College’s West Hall Museum

    • Provide museological or archival information and facts regarding Ripon College, the City of Ripon, Lane Library to visiting patrons

    • Catalogue and pre-catalogue new acquisitions, including digital imaging, filing metadata, and enumerating objects with collection reference numbers.

Exhibitions

Chicago Public Library

Exhibition and Installation Specialist

  • A Taste of Trotter

    • Harold Washington Library – Chicago Public Library (October 2018 - ongoing)

  • Resilient Souls: The Colors of Education

    • Harold Washington Library – Chicago Public Library (July 2018 - October 2018)

  • Pintando: The Colors of Education

    • Harold Washington Library – Chicago Public Library (May 2018 - August 2018)

  • The Library is Open: A Queer Lexicon

    • Harold Washington Library – Chicago Public Library (June 2018 - July 2018)

  • Powered by Femmes: A Showcase of Women and Femme Artists in Chicago

    • Harold Washington Library – Chicago Public Library (March 2018 – April 2018)

  • When Home Won’t Let You Stay

    • Harold Washington Library – Chicago Public Library (March - April 2018)

  • Patrick Thompson: The Color of Jazz

    • Harold Washington Library – Chicago Public Library (January 2018 - March 2018)

Exhibitions

Visualizing and Performing Queer Heresies

Curator

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Artistic Director

  • Curate exhibition using material from three special collections in the School of the Art Institute’s Flaxman Library.

  • Co-design and co-write a zine with a local artist for inclusion in the library and collection

  • Develop theme of exhibition surrounding visual and social affinities regarding the persecution of witches and contemporary issues facing Queer communities and Communities of Color.

  • Coordinate a cultural event that included music, food, and art by engaging with culture-based student groups on SAIC’s campus.

  • Lead performance of thesis-driven performance while directing dancers, choreographer, and costume designers.

Exhibitions

SAIC/SSCAC 150th/75th Anniversary Exhibition: Shared History

Assistant Curatorial Director  

(January 2016-May 2016)

  • Assist in the planning of an exhibition involving thirty living artists and ten iconic historic Black artists.

  • Develop a call for artists and curators for an exhibition with Chicago’s South Side Community Art Center.

  • Hire and direct a ten-person curatorial team under the guidance of Lead Curator Rashayla Brown.

  • Manage and proofread the production of an exhibition catalogue with publications designer.

  • Organize install schedule for curatorial committee and artists.

Education

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  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    • 2019-present: Master of Library and Information Sciences

  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Chicago, IL

    • Master of Arts, May 2017, Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory, and Criticism

    • Honors & Awards: SAIC Graduate Student Merit Award, Archibald Motley Fund, Student Leadership Award

    • Master’s Thesis: Queer Heretics: Case Studies in the Convergence of Witchcraft and Queerness in Contemporary Art

  • Ripon College, Ripon, WI

    • Bachelor of Arts, May 2015, Art History; Anthropology GPA: 3.73

    • Honors & Awards: David L. and Elizabeth W. Harris Memorial Scholarship, Ripon College Laurel Honor Society, Lambda Alpha Honor Society, Ripon College Dean’s List

  • Languages: German: Fluent (writing, reading); Basic (speaking)